The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 9, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013


Edith Jean Ragland

Edith Jean Ragland, 95, of Beckley, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the First Church of Nazarene, Beckley. Friends may gather with the family from noon until 1:30 p.m. Monday at the church.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth H. Simmons

Ruth H. Simmons passed away Nov. 6, 2013, at home.

Ruth attended college in Montgomery and graduated from Roanoke Business College. She was a secretary for Haynes and Ford law firm for many years and office manager for Greenbrier Cable Company. She was a member of Frankford United Methodist Church.

Born Sept. 25, 1915, in Spring Creek, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Barbara Simmons and was also preceded in death by her sisters Margie (infant), Mary Alice Warner and Rubie Gail Gibbs.

She is survived by her nephew, William G. Warner; niece Barbara E. “Beth” Mullins; great-nephews, Zack and Thomas Mullins, Dylan Gunter; great-nieces, Courtney, Kayla and Abigail Mullins; great-great-niece, Alyssa Mullins; and numerous cousins.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg with Pastor Phil Hickman officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Frankford United Methodist Church or Hospice Care Inc., 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Frances Suttle

OAK HILL — Frances Leona Suttle, 52, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Donna Raye Dillon Wykle

Donna Raye Dillon Wykle passed away peacefully on Friday, November 8, at 8:15 a.m. with her family by her side. She was proud to be an 18-year breast cancer survivor.

Donna was born in Talcott, on Valentine’s Day February 14, 1949. Her parents were the late Charles (Charlie) Lewis Dillon and Gertrude Allen Dillon Miller. She was the granddaughter of Lewis Dillon, well-known blacksmith, and Nannie Keatley Dillon and Carlos Allen, World War I veteran and Purple Heart recipient, and Forrest Meadows Allen.

In addition to her parents and grandparents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Richard; brother, Doug Dillon; and sisters, Joann Dillon Boyd and Clara Lou Dillon Graham.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ellery Wykle, and was blessed in September to vacation at Blackwater State Park in celebration of their anniversary. She is also survived by her sons Chad Wykle and Brad Wykle, both of Talcott, and her granddaughters Ansley and Brynne Wykle. Other survivors include brothers Charles Lewis Dillon Jr. of LeHigh Acres, Fla., John W. (Bill) Dillon and wife Becky of Hilldale, Dale Dillon and wife Drema of Talcott, sister-in-law Becky Payne Dillon of Hilldale, and mother of her granddaughters Jamie Chambers Wykle of Hinton.

In 2010, Donna and Ellery retired after 30 years of owning and operating Dillon’s Superette in Talcott. She was a 1967 graduate of Talcott High School, a member of the Hilldale-Talcott Ruritan Club, John Henry Historical Society, Inc., The John Henry Days Committee and Friends of the Lower Greenbrier. She served on The Talcott School Improvement Council for many years. Donna was a 4-H leader for 25 years and dearly loved all the 4-Hers she had in the Talcott Tip Top 4-H Club and all the young people at Summers County 4-H Camp where she was a counselor for many years. She was elected into the West Virginia State 4-H All Stars in 1985. The 4-H motto “To Make the Best Better” was something she strived to do. Donna was a member of Clayton Baptist where she received much joy worshiping at the little white church. She will be remembered by her saying — Don’t worry about me, I’ll be okay.

Donna received great happiness from baking cookies, making peanut brittle, and making cheeseballs for family and friends at Christmas or anytime someone needed something made. Last, but certainly not least, Donna was a devoted West Virginia Mountaineer fan and always supported them win or lose.

A funeral service will be held at Pivont Funeral Home on Monday, November 11, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Grant Petitt and Dr. James Blume Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Ballengee. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Nephews who will serve as pallbearers are Donnie Massey, Gary Massey, Wally Boyd, Paul Wykle Jr., Keith Wykle, Charlie B. Dillon, Kevin Wykle, Matt Dillon, Lake Wykle, Jason Wykle, Johnny Dillon, Darren Dillon and Danny Dillon. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Tabor, Jimmy Rookstool, Troy Flanagan and Ronnie Bower.

A special thank you to her beloved niece Jodi Dillon Bennett, Kathy McHenry with Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Dr. James Blume and his staff, the team at Summers County ARH, the staff at Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and the team at Blue Ridge Cancer Care in Low Moor, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to be used for the establishment of the John Henry Museum at the former Dillon's Superette building. Please make checks payable to John Henry Days - Attention: John Henry Museum, PO Box 353, Talcott, WV 24981.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

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